Monday Mix: Well, That Explains a Lot; Smell-a-riffic Hand Sanitizers; and, of course, SALES

By Voxy  

Some of you have recently expressed disbelief at the odd products or techniques that show up from time to time in Voxy’s Skeptic Files. The vibrating foundation, the paint roller, the skin needling — all true. And how can it be, you ask, that trained professionals — with, presumably, good education, experience, and training in the relevant fields — are coming up with some of this stuff, and, worse, that these products are making it to the market?

I think I am beginning to see a glimmer of an answer to that question.

According to this article at, L’Oreal (who came out with the paint roller foundation, you will remember; paint rollers for your face, because you’re worth it) has developed a system to recruit potential employees from among the ranks of enthusiastic-but-aimless college students via an online game called Reveal. Interested players can try their hand at simulation scenarios in five different departments: R&D, marketing, supply chain, sales, and finance. At the end of the game, you can apply for a job at L’Oreal! Your score in the game will be considered as part of your candidacy.

An unnamed spokesperson (!) for L’Oreal told that this enables (!!) L’Oreal to consider candidates who don’t have the traditional background, training, or education for the post. Because why should you have to have science training to do R&D? Chemicals, schmemicals. Now, at last, you know what to tell your students who say, “but what will I do with this philosophy degree?”

As the top photo indicates, I am reminded of the Simpsons episode in which Homer Simpson is allowed to design a car, and, shouting down the advice of the trained designers, produces a monstrosity with tail fins, bubble domes, shag carpeting, and lots of horns (because “you can never find a horn when you’re mad”), all of which play “La Cucaracha.” Of the end result, which costs $82,000, Homer says, “All my life, I have searched for a car that feels a certain way. Powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a Nerf ball. Now, at last, I have found it.”

If you ever, EVER see a foundation that is advertised to be “powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a Nerf ball,” I called it here first.

In less frightening news, if you’re keen on the hand sanitizer idea but turned off by the frequently nasty smell, you might be interested in some nummier-scented options from Yankee Candle. They’ve got a new line of hand sanitizers out with some of their most popular candle fragrances: Garden Sweet Pea, Lavender Vanilla, MacIntosh, Midnight Jasmine, Sun & Sand, and Vanilla Cupcake. (Bet you can’t guess which one I got. Go on. I’ll give you … one guess.) They’re also more moisturizing than the standard hand sanitizer. Yummy-smelling and better for my skin? Yes please.


Today is the last day that you can get free shipping at Sephora with a $25 purchase instead of a $50 one. Use code TOUCHDOWN at checkout.

From Wednesday 2/10 through Friday 2/12, is having a F&F sale with 20% off on “more than 50 favorite traditional and natural beauty brands.” They haven’t put out a code yet (if you need one; sometimes you don’t), but when/if they do, I’ll update.

Previously announced sales still going on:

SkinStore: 20% off sitewide (some exclusions) through 2/15; use code LUV20 • BeautyTicket: 20% off through 2/28 with code INSTYLE20 • TheCosmeticMarket: 20% off through 2/28 with code ALLURE

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  1. avatar elsie
    Posted February 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Reminds me of the Johnny Cash song, “One piece at a time” (


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted February 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Nice! I hadn’t heard that one before.


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